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Evening of 20th Century Song
September 9, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
From a stroll down Tin Pan Alley to a “Walk in the Woods”, an evening of 20th century songs will feature the variety that is the American songbook–ballads, jazz, and popular music sung by the beautiful voices of Laura Danehower Whyte (soprano), Linda Mironti (soprano), Brian De Lorenzo (tenor).
The evening of song includes a dessert interlude with prosecco.
Laura Danehower Whyte, soprano, made her Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist in Beethoven’s Chorale Fantasy with the Collegiate Chorale and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. She appeared with them again as Una Dama in Verdi’s Macbeth, for which the New York Times hailed her as “a strong Lady”. Other highlights include the roles of Mimì in La Bohème, Marguerite in Faust both with the Yale Opera, and Magda in Puccini’s La Rondine, Adele in Il Pirata, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni, all at Caramoor. She sang Josephine in HMS Pinafore with the Virginia Opera, and Micaela in Carmen with the Opera Theater of Connecticut. Laura has appeared with various orchestras and festivals including the Caramoor Festival, the Bard Festival, the Eerie Philharmonic, The Branford Symphony, Danbury Symphony, Greenwich Symphony, Greenwich Pops, and New Haven Chorale. A winner of the Metropolitan Opera Council Awards, she received her Masters Degree from Yale University. She can be heard on the Newport Classics label as Iseut in Frank Martin’s Le Vin Herbé., a recording which received editor’s choice by Opera News. She teaches voice and lives gratefully with her beautiful family in the Berkshires.
Soprano Linda Mironti’s public singing career began in high school when she sang the national anthem every Friday night at the high school football games. After 2 years majoring in music at Onondaga Community College she set off to Manhattan to try her hand at Broadway and the music scene.
After moving to NYC she sharpened and honed her talents by doing the “New York singer/actor/waitress life she took classes at AMDA (American Music and Drama Academy), private singing and acting classes along with going on many auditions.
In the late 80’s Linda was invited to go to Italy for a month to sing, and she stayed for 10 years. She sang on Italian Television (RAI) as an American Female vocalist singing Italian songs in English for 2 seasons and other TV appearances.
She recorded 2 albums that are still sold throughout Europe and toured with Edwardo DeCrescenzo, Nana Vasconselos and Donatella Retore and others as well as her own tours in cities and venues from Milan to Sicily where she performed mostly Blues, Jazz and Rhythm & Blues and original pop material she wrote for herself and other artists.
She recorded and co-wrote the soundtrack for an Italian major motion picture “18 in a Week”
Linda also worked dubbing Warner Bros. cartoons for Italian TV and gave voice lessons to expats living in Rome.
In 1991 Linda returned to the US, and worked as female vocalist for Phil Philips Entertainment as well as party bands and worked with percussionist Robin Lobe in many Latin club appearances as well as in Cabaret venues in NYC.
Linda has been performing her one woman shows all across the US including NY, PA, NJ FL and MA to much acclaim, “she has found a sweet mix of story and song that includes a disarming candor which, when married to an old-fashioned glamorous voice, makes for a wonderful cabaret experience.”—Val Coleman, Sandisfield Times.
Brian De Lorenzo
Brian De Lorenzo, tenor, professional actor, singer, recording artist, and Talent America’s 2001 “Performer of the Year” has performed at clubs in New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Provincetown, and on cruise ships in Alaska and the Mediterranean. He has also sung at the Mabel Mercer Foundation’s New York and Chicago Cabaret Conventions and three Boston Cabaret Festivals. Brian’s CD Found Treasures was nominated for the 2000 “Recording of the Year” Award by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC). Brian is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), SAG-AFTRA, and StageSource.
Michael Rheault works locally and in New York City as a pianist and composer. He is currently a piano instructor and accompanist at Springfield College and Director of Music at St. Gabriel Church in Windsor, CT. He has music directed scores of shows at area colleges and local theater groups. As a composer, his newest musical, Fabulous!, ran Off-Broadway at the Times Square Arts Center last year and will soon be published and licensed through Steele Spring Stage Rights. Additional works include The Birth (A Christmas Musical), the chamber musical Neurotica, incidental music for David Mamet’s The Water Engine, and original music for the award-winning documentary Names from Home, broadcast on WGBY and PBS. He has received a MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets) award nomination for American Cabaret, European Roots, and a Just Plain Folks Award (1st runner up) for The Birth (JPF is the world’s largest independent music awards). Michael lives and teaches private piano in Springfield.
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Children 12 and under are admitted FREE, unless otherwise noted, when space allows.